"Egypt" Egypt by TomorrowsAngel

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Since long before the birth of Christ, travellers have been drawn to Egypt with its pyramids, Sphinx, ancient Luxor and River Nile. It's not just the Pharaonic monuments either - it's the legacy of the Greeks and Romans, the churches and monasteries of the early Christians, and the overwhelming profusion of art and architecture accumulated from centuries of successive Islamic dynasties.
Modern Egypt is an amalgam of these legacies: mud-brick villages stand beside millennia-old ruins surrounded by buildings of steel and glass. Bedouins live in goatskin tents and farmers till the earth with the simple tools of their ancestors. Some townsfolk dress in long flowing robes, others in Levis and Nikes, and city traffic competes with donkey-drawn carts and wandering goats. Nowhere are these contrasts played out so colourfully as in Cairo, a massive city thronged with people and ringing to the sound of car horns, ghetto-blasters and muezzins summoning the faithful to prayer. Egypt is also a diver's dream dip, a trek across the sands on a camel or a long lazy punt down the Nile.

Me and one of my mates spent 2 weeks travelling around Egypt in September/October 2003.
The main places we visited were Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Luxor, Hurghada and St Katherines with a few extra day stops along the way.
My places in Egypt were: Dahab, Abu Simbel, and the Philae Temple.

Full country name: Arab Republic of Egypt
Area: 1,001,449 sq km
Population: 69.5 million
Capital city: Cairo
People: Berbers, Bedouins and Nubians
Language: Arabic
Religion: 94% Islam, 6% Christian
Government: Republic
President: Mohammed Husni Mubarak
GDP: US$247 billion
GDP per head: US$3600
Annual growth: 5%
Inflation: 3%
Major industries: Oil & gas, metals, tourism, agriculture (especially cotton) and Suez Canal revenues
Major trading partners: USA, EU, Middle East

  • Last visit to Egypt: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated Oct 10, 2003
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